Today, Mad Magazine #533 goes on sale on newsstands and in comic shops nationwide, and it sets itself aside from the previous five hundred and thirty-two issues by being the first-ever issue of the magazine to feature a celebrity guest editor: the legendary (and famously funny) musician, Weird Al Yankovic. A couple of weeks ago, we got the chance to speak with Weird Al and Mad editor-in-chief John Ficarra about this special issue. Our conversation touched on Al's personal connection to the magazine, his comedic influences, and his plans for the future.
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IMAX theaters are screening a special event on Monday to hype next year's Zack Snyder movie Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it's not clear exactly what attendees are going to get, but at the very least they can expect to pick up a couple of pretty sweet posters. The original plan was that attendees would be the first to see the trailer for the movie, which introduces Ben Affleck as our new sourpuss Batman, and sees the return of Henry Cavill as our joyless Superman. Gal Gadot also stars as a presumably grinchy Wonder Woman, but she isn't in the trailer.
That plan got nixed when the trailer was leaked online, forcing Warner Bros to release an official high definition version on Friday night, which you can watch right here. Since seeing the same trailer on the big screen won't be enough to satisfy everyone attending the IMAX event, Snyder has promised to reveal new footage from the movie, but on Twitter on Sunday night he also revealed another incentive; a couple of posters that will be given out to attendees.
A GamerGate-associated group named "Honey Badger Radio" crowdfunded an appearance as exhibitors at CalgaryExpo, in part to sell pro-GamerGate merchandise, and in part to disrupt panels with a feminist angle. As a result of their disruptive behavior, the group has been removed from the convention. This has many GamerGate supporters shouting "censorship" and "misogyny" at the convention, though the convention acted within the bounds of its rules of conduct and for the good of its attendees.
Returning to DC Animated fold after a lengthy absence (outside of producing), Bruce Timm will be bringing an all-new version of the Justice League to life with Justice League: Gods and Monsters. Just like other DCU animated features of late, the direct-to-video feature will be getting an action figure line. Unlike those other series however, this line will fit right in with the recent Batman: The Animated Series collection.
One day, every pop-culture property will team up with every other pop-culture property. We're getting there bit by bit.
Case in point: Sometimes-comics stars KISS and the Scooby-Doo team will join forces in a new animated feature, Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery, which will be out on Blu-ray and DVD July and on digital on-demand services a little earlier, July 10.
AMC’s Preacher adaptation has raised holy hell in casting its supporting players, keeping its main main in the shadows up until now. Following weeks of rumor, Agent Carter and Captain America star Dominic Cooper has officially nabbed the title role as Jesse Custer, getting AMC’s Preacher ready to step into the light.
Late last week, surprising rumors emerged that Marvel would develop an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff for ABC, the focus of which would become clear by Season 2's end. Now, another report has arrived claiming 12 Years A Slave writer John Ridley has partnered with Marvel to develop another ABC series, but is it the same potential spinoff?
Archie Comics has officially jumped the Sharknado.
In an move that is absolutely not an April Fools' joke, because that was more than two weeks ago, Archie will be teaming up with the filmmakers behind the intentionally cheesy Sharknado movie series for a 48-page one shot titled Archie vs. Sharknado. The issue, co-written by Archie stalwart Dan Parent and Sharknado trilogy director Anthony C. Ferrante, and featuring art by Parent and Rich Koslowski, will come out July 22, the same day Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! premieres on SyFy.
Warner Bros. has planned one of the most ambitious trailer launches in history for their upcoming Man of Steel sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. On Monday, April 20, fans can attend a special event at IMAX theaters around the country where the new Batman v Superman trailer will debut after a special introduction from director Zack Snyder. They spent this week teasing that big unveiling with previews of the preview on Snyder’s Twitter feed. This was a carefully orchestrated media event.
Jared Leto’s hair is kind of a big deal right now. It’s become its own entity, mutating until it eventually takes its final form. It looks like we’re very close now, as the Suicide Squad star has revealed a selfie in which he sports some signature Joker-green hair, along with a little bit of lipstick, which really does make his eyes pop, you know? Sadly, we have had no updates on the hair belonging to any of his co-stars, as Leto continues to steal their hair-thunder.